A-League preview: Victory v City

Leigh Broxham

Melbourne Victory’s final game of the A-League season comes against City in a Derby clash on Sunday.


Victory aims to finish the campaign with a second straight win, hosting City behind closed doors at AAMI Park.

Amid a coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne, the encounter was moved from Marvel Stadium.

Victory goes into the clash on the back of a 6-1 thrashing of Western United last time out.

Elvis Kamsoba scored a brace to go with strikes from Jake Brimmer, Rudy Gestede, Ben Folami and Jacob Butterfield in an outstanding performance.

Victory dominated Western United, particularly in the first half, scoring four times in the opening 36 minutes in an electric display.

Kamsoba, Brimmer and Gestede have each scored five goals for Victory in the A-League this season.

Victory will be without Dylan Ryan for the meeting with City, with the defender away on international duty with the Olyroos.

Player in focus

Last time

A-League 2020/21
City 7-0 Melbourne Victory
Saturday, April 17, 2021
AAMI Park, Melbourne

Andrew Nabbout’s opener had given City the lead before Adama Traore was sent off on the half-hour mark for Victory.

Jamie Maclaren scored five times, including twice from the penalty spot, before Adrian Luna’s late strike.

As it stands

Head to head

Round 17, 2020/21: City 7-0 Victory at AAMI Park
Round 11, 2020/21: Victory 0-6 City at Marvel Stadium
Round 18, 2019/20: City 2-1 Victory at AAMI Park
Round 11, 2019/20: City 1-2 Victory at AAMI Park
Round 1, 2019/20: Victory 0-0 City at Marvel Stadium

Match details

Melbourne Victory v City
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Sunday, June 6, 2021
Kick-off: 4.05pm AEST

Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Matt ACTON (gk), 2.Storm ROUX, 3.Adama TRAORE, 4.Nick ANSELL, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Callum McMANAMAN, 8.Jacob BUTTERFIELD, 9.Rudy GESTEDE, 10.Robbie KRUSE, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 14.Jay BARNETT, 15.Aaron ANDERSON, 16.Brandon LAUTON, 17.Elvis KAMSOBA, 20.Max CROCOMBE (gk), 22.Jacob BRIMMER, 26.Lleyton BROOKS, 29.Nishan VELUPILLAY, 35.Zaydan BELLO 

**0-1 to be omitted** 

In: 4.Nick ANSELL (return from injury), 10.Robbie KRUSE (return from injury), 13.Birkan KIRDAR, 15.Aaron ANDERSON (return from injury)

Out: 19.Dylan RYAN (Olyroos camp), 34.Gianluca IANNUCCI (omitted)

Unavailable:  23.Marco ROJAS (injured – ankle)